After weeks of speculation, we have our answer. The Dallas Cowboys have decided to move on from running back Ezekiel Elliott after committing more than $10 million to Tony Pollard via the franchise tag.
Elliott, who was the No. 4 overall pick in 2016 was one of the best running backs in the NFL early in his career but his popularity in Dallas took a nosedive following an asinine six-year extension signed in 2019.
Unsurprisingly, the wear and tear got to Elliott who was under four yards per carry in 2022 and what proved to be his final play with America’s Team will go down in infamy.
Now looking ahead to 2023, here are five teams that could be interested in adding Elliott.
5 teams that could sign Ezekiel Elliott after Cowboys release
Ezekiel Elliot landing spot No. 5: Houston Texans
Let’s just be honest, the Houston Texans like former Cowboys. They’ve landed a few of them in recent years including Brandon Weeden, Terrance Mitchell, and Maliek Collins. They even recently signed Noah Brown and tried to bring in Leighton Vander Esch, who wound up back in Dallas.
That’s just one reason to believe they would be interested in Ezekiel Elliott. The other is that they don’t exactly have a deep running back corps.
Fourth-round pick Dameon Pierce was their top runner in 2022 with 949 yards and four touchdowns but behind him, they don’t have much going on.
Houston is expected to land a rookie quarterback in the upcoming draft and while they will lean on Pearce, it could also help for them to have a veteran running back to help the young man from having to carry the offense all alone. Throw in the fact that he can still serve as a decent check-down option and he might be a rookie QBs dream.